Generations of residents of the Maui community of Hana have used gently sloping Mu`olea Point to reach the ocean for fishing and swimming. Dotted with ancient heiau (worship sites), the point is the setting for numerous Hawaiian legends and contains the island's last grove of Polynesian coconut palms.
Until recently, the point’s 73 acres were privately owned but used for fishing and recreation by local families. In 2005, with assistance from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the County of Maui, and the federal government, The Trust for Public Land purchased the land from a developer and conveyed it to the county for preservation. The County and Na Mamo o Mu‘olea (a community group) are working in partnership to steward the land.
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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3 million acres and completed more than 5,200 park and conservation projects.